Arts student’s discarded heart draws police investigation

 

By Michael Chen, Lana Hall and Katie Raskina

A Ryerson student has claimed responsibility after what the university says is a cow’s heart was found in a garbage can in front of the Chang school.

The student confessed to purchasing the animal organ for an art project and then disposing it, according Ryerson spokesman Michael Forbes.

Photography student Joel Andrew Clifton left the organs in the garbage can in front of the Chang school.

Police investigate the entrance outside the Chang school where the organ was found. The organ is under the garbage can lid. (Michael Chen/The Ryersonian)

Police investigate the entrance outside the Chang school where the organ was found. The organ is under the garbage can lid. (Michael Chen/Ryersonian Staff)

Forbes said the heart was found by a custodian who alerted Ryerson security, who then contacted Toronto police.

Const. Victor Kwong said police were called to the scene at 297 Victoria St. at about 8:50 a.m. Police conducted an investigation and the heart was sent to the coroner’s office to be examined.

“We cannot conclusively say whether it is human remains or not,” Sgt. Abdul Nuri said. “It was definitely a heart.”

Police investigate the entrance outside 297 Victoria St. where the organ was found. The organ is under the garbage can lid. (Katie Raskina/The Ryersonian)

Police investigate the entrance outside 297 Victoria St. where the organ was found. The organ is under the garbage can lid. (Katie Raskina/Ryersonian Staff)

A representative from Ryerson tweeted at 10:40 a.m. that the school believed the organ found is from a cow.

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